For centuries, oil varnishes have been commonly made from resin.What is resin?In the context of art resin is a hard, amorphous substance used in varnishes and binding mediums for paints such as acrylics. They are used to create sculptures in mixed media art and jewelry.How to use resin for paintingBy mixing resin with alcohol you can create your own homemade pastel fixative.
There was a very limited selection of pastel brands available to many of us who began working in the medium in the 1970s. Most of us had to rely on what was available at the local art supply store, and—if you happened to reside in a rural area—pastels could be extremely sparse if available at all. Those of us working in the medium during this time period refer to it as the “Dark Ages of Pastel.
An unexpected gift received more than 30 years ago led English artist Peter Thomas to pastels—and the French countryside. Since then, pastels have been his medium of choice to paint the serene, pastoral landscapes of his adopted homeland.In the June 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, Thomas shares how he came to the medium and how he captures the beauty of his bucolic surroundings.
It’s the materiality—or, for many, that’s at least part of it. The buttery rich feel of oil paint moving across the surface can be a siren song for a painter.Bernard Chaet, a notable artist and Yale University professor, took a keen interest in the physicality of oil painting throughout his career. His book An Artist’s Notebook: Techniques and Materials continues to have relevance for readers today.
It took New Orleans artist Jim Seitz four months of trial and error to develop his method for successfully combining acrylic and metal leaf. His process begins with taping the outside of a gallery-wrapped canvas to create a crisp edge. He then applies Golden’s Light Molding Paste with a sheet-rock trowel, giving it just enough texture to cover the canvas.